Born and bred in London. James decided on studying Physiotherapy in Manchester in the late 90s before returning to London to continue his practice and training in the sporting field. He obtained a Diploma in Sports Massage in 2001 and an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy from UCL, London in 2006; with a short stint working with winter sports athletes in Geneva in between.
After visiting the Circus Space (now the National Centre for Circus Arts) as a postgraduate student in 2005 there was no looking back. The Circus Arts was his new focus. He took on the role as Physiotherapist at the National Centre from 2007-2011. Currently he primarily works in Spain at the Barcelona Circus School (Centre de les Arts del Circ Rogelio Rivel) and the main training space for circus professionals (La Central del Circ).
In 2012 he won the contract to provide therapy services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies, a vast, 6-month project in which him and his team were responsible for over 2,000 performers of mixed ages and abilities.
In the same year he founded and became Managing Director of Perform Health Ltd, a company dedicated to improving the health and vitality of performing artists. He opened a consulting and treatment studio behind the National Centre for Circus Arts which provides performing artists of all levels easy access to an expert team of clinicians, all with specialist knowledge of performing arts medicine.
He works not only as a practicing performing arts physiotherapist, but also as a researcher and educator in the field of circus medicine.
Performers from all over the world now choose to work with James and his team of associates because they provide solutions in ways they can relate to. With the knowledge of what a performer requires to enhance their performance ability, they apply sound and simple solutions to match these specific needs.
He speaks fluent English, Italian, Spanish and basic French.